Stephen Hawking's Ph.D. Thesis Is Now Available Online, and It's Crashing Cambridge's Servers

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Evert Elzinga, Stringer, Getty Images

It's been more than 50 years since a 24-year-old Ph.D. student named Stephen Hawking wrote his thesis on the nature of an expanding universe. Now, in honor of Open Access Week, Mashable reports that Cambridge University has made the paper freely available to the public online for the first time. Hawking said in a statement, "Anyone, anywhere in the world should have free, unhindered access to not just my research, but to the research of every great and enquiring mind across the spectrum of human understanding." There's just one problem: The number of people flooding Cambridge's servers to read his work is crashing the site.

Within 24 hours of going live, Properties of Expanding Universes was downloaded about 60,000 times. The number of visitors merely viewing the repository page that linked to the thesis reached nearly 410,000 in that same amount of time. The server is accustomed to handling documents that receive 100 views a month, and as a result the open access site "is performing slower than usual and may at times be temporarily unavailable" a representative of the university told Mashable.

Properties of Expanding Universes marks one of Hawking's earliest attempts in his lifelong mission to form a "complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is, and why it exists at all." It contains four chapters that examine the "implications and consequences of the expansion of the universe" and touches on everything from gravitational radiation to singularities.

Users who successfully make it onto Cambridge's site will have the option to download compressed versions of the paper or a high-resolution 72 megabyte file. Based on the current state of the school’s server, you may have time to read the rest of Hawking's writings on the properties of the universe while you wait.

[h/t Mashable]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Late MythBusters Star Grant Imahara Honored With New STEAM Foundation

Grant Imahara attends San Diego Comic-Con
Grant Imahara attends San Diego Comic-Con
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Fans of MythBusters and White Rabbit Project host Grant Imahara were saddened to hear of his passing due to a brain aneurysm in July 2020 at the age of 49. Imahara, a graduate of the University of Southern California, used the television medium to share his love of science and engineering. Now, his passion for education will continue via an educational foundation developed in his name.

The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation was announced Thursday, October 23, 2020 by family and friends on what would have been Imahara’s 50th birthday. The Foundation will provide mentorships, grants, and scholarships that will allow students from diverse backgrounds access to STEAM education, which places an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. (Formerly referred to as STEM, the “A” for art was added more recently.)

Imahara had a history of aiding students. While working at Industrial Light and Magic in the early 2000s, he mentored the robotics team at Richmond High School to prepare for the international FIRST Robotics Competition. Whether he was working on television or behind-the-scenes on movies like the Star Wars prequels and The Matrix sequels, Imahara always found time to promote and encourage young engineering talent.

The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation’s founding board members include Imahara’s mother, Carolyn Imahara, and close friends Don Bies, Anna Bies, Edward Chin, Fon H. Davis, Coya Elliott, and Ioanna Stergiades.

“There are many students, like my son Grant, who need the balance of the technical and the creative, and this is what STEAM is all about,” Carolyn Imahara said in a statement. “I’m so proud of my son’s career, but I’m equally proud of the work he did mentoring students. He would be thrilled that we plan to continue this, plus much more, through The Grant Imahara STEAM Foundation.”

Imahara friend Wade Bick is also launching an effort in concert with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering to name a study lounge after Imahara. Donations can be made here.

You can find out more about the foundation, and make a donation, on its website.